When Sex Gets Complicated: Porn, Affairs, Kink, & Other Clinical Challenges
November 2, 2007
The number of patients involved in pornography, non-monogamy, sadomasochism, and sex toys has dramatically increased. Are we prepared to provide them quality therapy?
Every therapist deals with sexual issues—loss of desire, lack of orgasm, unreliable erections. And, of course, shame, anxiety, and confusion often accompany common sexual issues.
But some sexual issues are more difficult than others. They challenge our clinical beliefs or personal values. Perhaps they highlight our lack of knowledge or vocabulary.
As society becomes more psychologically sophisticated, the sexual problems people bring to us are more complicated. Where is our increasing sophistication about sexuality coming from? If our information about alternative sexualities is limited primarily to the mass media and personal experience, we will be unprepared to deal with many clinical situations.
This seminar will explore:
* Common alternative sexualities patients may wish to discuss
* How alternative sexualities are similar to traditional sexual expression; how they differ
* When should we focus on the sex, and when on something else?
* What is most pornography actually like?
* What we know about the impact of pornography use on relationships
* How porn consumers describe their experience—and why clinicians describe it so differently
* Evaluating patients’ sexual practices; where do we draw the lines?
* Common vocabulary used in alternative sexualities
* Learning about alternative sexualities from patients
* When to refer these cases out
Santa Clara University
Arts & Sciences Building, Weigand Conference Room
Cost: $95, includes:
4 AASECT CEs
4 BBS CEUs (for MFTs & LCSWs)